Shutterstock Give a few riddles to children, and you can keep them busy for hours. You won’t receive any complaints that they are bored, nor do the kids end up watching the television for hours. Riddles not only keep children engrossed but also sharpen their thinking and problem-solving abilities. Pick up a variety of riddles
Venous insufficiency occurs when the valves in a person’s veins do not work properly. This means that the veins are less able to transport blood back to the heart. Venous insufficiency is fairly common. According to the Society for Vascular Surgery, it affects up to 40 percent of people in the United States. It is
LEEP stands for loop electrosurgical excision procedure. Doctors perform them to detect or treat cervical cancer. During a LEEP, an electrical current passes through a loop of wire. A doctor uses the wire to cut abnormal cells from the cervix. They send a sample of these cells to a laboratory to detect signs of cancer
A powerful series of birth photos is shedding light on the power of a partner’s comfort and support. Kirstie Perez has been photographing births for six years, and in that time, she’s worked to capture moments of vulnerability and bravery. In November, the Dallas-based birth photographer shared a collection of photos that show men supporting
Julia was in the thick of active labor when she arrived in triage at Mt. Sinai West hospital on Manhattan’s Upper West Side last May — and right away, she wanted out. The room was cramped. Julia, who asked to use only her first name for privacy reasons, was hooked up to a monitor that
A woman can develop high blood pressure, or hypertension, at any point during pregnancy. High blood pressure is affecting more and more pregnant women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of pregnant women who developed high blood pressure in the United States almost doubled between 1993 and 2014. High
Endometriosis is a condition that occurs when tissue similar to the endometrial tissue that lines the uterus grows in other areas of the body. It commonly develops on the pelvic organs, such as the fallopian tubes but also occurs on the bowel. Bowel endometriosis involves the abnormal growth of endometrial tissue in the intestines. In
Image: Shutterstock Truth or dare? Let’s begin with the truth, shall we? Every one of us must have played the fun, sometimes bold and silly, game called Truth or Dare at least once in our lives. Even though it was first played way back in the 17th century, the game never got old. It only
Female ejaculation is when a female’s urethra expels fluid during sex. It can happen when a female becomes sexually aroused, but there is not necessarily an association with having an orgasm. Scientists do not fully understand female ejaculation, and there is limited research on how it works and its purpose. Female ejaculation is perfectly normal,
The holiday season can be a trying time. Parents in particular face the stress of sending out picture-perfect holiday cards, attending school concerts, taking a halfway decent Santa photo, remembering to move that damn Elf on the Shelf, getting all the gift-shopping done and just generally keeping the magic of the season alive for small,
As 2018 comes to a close, baby name experts are looking back at the name choices and trends that inspired parents of newborns this year. They’re also looking ahead to 2019 and predicting which baby name ideas and styles will dominate nurseries nationwide. The editors of Nameberry compiled their predictions for the new year, identifying
Scary movies have their charm. The chill we feel, the anxiety we have and the relief we get once the suspense is out, make the movies worth watching both for adults and kids/ teens alike.While some movies are only for adults, some scary movies can be watched by the younger audience too. MomJunction brings you
People, stop with the overly excessive holiday gifting, and No! My 6-year-old doesn’t need a cell phone. As we head into the Christmas season for some of us parents with extended family the dread begins. That dread is not the in-laws or the party plans, but rather it is the knowledge that our already overly
Some women with Crohn’s disease may worry whether being pregnant will affect their condition, while others fear that disease or the medications they are taking will harm the fetus. Crohn’s disease is a long-term condition that causes inflammation within the digestive tract. Along with ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Maternal mental health expert Karen Kleiman is tackling the stigma of postpartum depression and anxiety, one comic at a time. Kleiman has a background in psychology and social work and is the founder of The Postpartum Stress Center, an institution based in Rosemont, Pennsylvania, that’s provided support to pregnant and postpartum women for 30 years.
Plan a cozy date night by the fire with takeout from Noodles World Kitchen (or dine in, if that’s more your style). This place truly has something for everyone, no matter if you’re vegan, gluten-free, watching sugar/sodium, or counting calories. And in December, every date at Noodles will score you big rewards. The more you
Chemotherapy can affect a person’s brain for years after coming to an end. How does it actually change the brain, and is there anything that scientists can do to reverse these effects? Researchers are looking into ways of reversing the ‘chemo brain’ effect. Many people who undergo chemotherapy will notice cognitive impairment and behavioral changes.
Baby acne is common and usually clears up on its own. Some rashes may need treatment, however, so it is important to know the difference between baby acne, rashes, and other skin problems. Babies have very sensitive skin, so caregivers may worry that spots or a rash are a sign of an allergic reaction or
Some research suggests a link between low vitamin D levels and a person’s risk of developing schizophrenia. New evidence indicates that this notion may be correct. A new study has investigated the link between low vitamin D levels and schizophrenia risk. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, schizophrenia is one of the leading
A sunken fontanel occurs when the soft spot on a baby’s skull becomes more deep set than usual. One of the major causes is dehydration. The human skull is made up from several bones that are connected by tough fibrous tissue called sutures. These sutures give the skull some flexibility, allowing the head to pass
The holidays are one of the most magical times of year. Most of us wait for this time of year with anticipation. We watch as our children’s eyes light up at the sight of Santa, we help them create their list and send it off through the mail, and we see their joy Christmas morning
Image: iStock The stories of Akbar and Birbal have mesmerized children since generations. Akbar’s challenges to his loyal courtier Birbal and the latter’s witty and smart ways of facing them not only bring smiles but also teach some valuable life lessons to children.This attribute makes Akbar and Birbal stories one of the must-reads. MomJunction shares
First comes love, Then comes marriage, Then comes a baby in a baby carriage… And then comes a vasectomy. In this day and age with family planning at its peak for a majority of couples, not only are the births of children planned and plotted like a business proposal, but male vasectomies seem to be
“Hung by the chimney with care in hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.” Stockings are a tradition that goes back ages, but sometimes finding items to fit in them seems troublesome. Having difficulty finding fun, creative stocking stuffers for kids? Look no further as we have compiled the best of the best from
Back-to-school time means plenty of lessons to learn in the classroom. But parents usually have to be the teachers when it comes to a subject their kids will need to understand throughout their adult lives – personal finance. Studies show that teaching finance is not a top priority of the U.S. education system. Fewer than
Move over, Elf on the Shelf and Mensch on a Bench. There’s a new holiday craze in town that’s just for parents’ enjoyment. Dena Blizzard, the comedian and mom behind “One Funny Mother,” has created Shiraz on the Shelf ― the perfect new tradition for wine-loving moms and dads. Shiraz on the Shelf is a
There is no better gift for a child than the gift of literacy, literature, and a lifelong love of reading. To be read to as a child is to have the world presented before your very eyes. It is to have every opportunity and chance of a lifetime offered up on a silver platter. The
Grief during the holidays serves up a perfect storm where joyous memories crash against reality and expectations, something that is especially tough when it is a child who is grieving. These seven tips are useful for grieving children, not only during the holidays but throughout the year. Keep in mind that, other than loving them
Image: iStock In mammals and humans, the ear naturally produces a waxy substance called the cerumen, which we commonly refer to as earwax. Cleaning or clearing earwax in adults and kids is easier compared to cleaning earwax in infants, as their ear canal is delicate and must be handled with care. That said, excessive ear
Image: Shutterstock Campfires, under the open sky and shining stars, are thrilling for kids. It’s the occasion for them to spend time talking and taking turns to tell stories. If you are organizing a campfire or your child is going to have one with their friends, then you surely need some captivating stories to tell.